Graduates of the accounting program demonstrate technical knowledge and skills, such as:
- Classifying--identifying the appropriate accounting treatment of events and transactions
- Measuring--calculating inventory, cost of goods sold and depreciation using various accounting methods
- Reporting--learning to identify the accounting principle or constraint that leads to a particular treatment and to prepare financial statements that comply with principles generally accepted in the U.S.
- Auditing and analytical skills--understanding and applying generally accepted auditing standards- the guidelines auditors use to ensure accuracy, consistency and verifiability. Students also demonstrate analytical skills by completing an audit simulation in accounting systems, determining when specific performance measures are used and the specific cost of allocating procedures.
Quinnipiac accounting graduates often receive job offers in the summer before their senior year. They connect with potential employers early in their studies by participating in career fairs and accounting networking events on campus, which bring representatives from local, regional and international accounting firms, as well as representatives from industry and government. Accounting majors also use these opportunities to interact with alumni and other representatives from their future profession.
Through these contacts and through the support of career services staff, many students obtain internships. These on-the-job experiences provide opportunities to integrate classroom learning into a real-world environment to clarify career goals.
Upon graduation, many accounting majors join public accounting firms. These firms generally offer services including auditing, consulting, income tax planning and preparation, accounting compilations and review. Some graduates go into management and private industry accounting, where they prepare financial statements for external reporting, develop budgets, perform cost analyses or internal audits. An accounting background is highly appreciated in industry; many CEOs and presidents come from accounting and finance departments.